Software, Development, and WordPress

Tipsy Social Icons 1.1 Released

Note: Tipsy Social Icons has been updated to version 2.0 and also includes a premium version of the plugin. Read more here!

After sharing the widget on a couple of sites (such as Forrst), I received a great, candid feedback.

As such, I just published a quick update to my Tipsy Social Icon widget:

  • Added icons for Deviant Art, GitHub, and Stack Overflow
  • Removed the fading of the Tipsy tooltips. In some cases, the jQuery event queue would back up and cause erroneous results with the tips.

Grab a copy from the WordPress Plugins Repository or, if you’ve already got installed, the notification should appear in your dashboard soon.


  1. leo

    hello, nice plug in – TY

    can i use it in the theme on top of my header ?


    • Tom

      Hey Leo,

      This plugin is designed to work within any widgetized area, so if you’ve got an are in your header for it, you’re good.

    • Tom McFarlin

      If the header’s widgetized, you’re good :).

  2. Edward Labuschagne

    AWESOME Plugin.

    Any chance of adding a icon for soundcloud?

    • tom

      I’ll make a note. Shouldn’t be a problem :).

    • Tom McFarlin

      Noted, Edward. I’ll see what I can do for an upcoming release!

  3. Adriana


    Does this plugin allow you to put the icons horizontally? I only see samples with the icons going down. Please advice. Thank you.


    • Tom

      Hey Adriana,

      Yep – it does. It’s able to be styled via CSS. Just display the list items inline and you’re good to go.

  4. Dave

    All my jQuery Scripts run on my page accept yours and I can’t figure out what it is conflicting with. I’ve disabled all my plugins and still no go. I have the icons running in a widget built into my header. I can’t figure out what the problem is though, but for some reason the jQuery does not seem to be working for your particular plugin.

    • Tom

      Got a link to your blog?

      • Dave

        • Tom

          Thanks! I checked it out. The problem appears to be that a script on your page (it appears to be the jQuery TreeView script) is being included after my plugin.

          I don’t necessary know how it’s working but viewing the page source, I can see that it’s including jQuery later in the page (which it should be done first thing) and I can see that you’re using an old version (namely 1.3) rather than 1.4.2 or even 1.5.1.

  5. Adam K

    I’m trying to install this (first-time, not upgrade), and I’m getting a fatal error on line 190. Any ideas?

    • Tom

      Seems an odd place for an error to crop up – haven’t seen this before.

      What version of WordPress are you running and can you shoot me a screen shot (via email) of the error message?

      • Adam K

        Sure – it’s on a site running WordPress 3.1, and I’m installing it via the plugin installer (not FTP).

        The error message is:

        Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or ‘}’ in /home/www/ on line 190


        • Tom

          Sounds like this may be an issue with the version of PHP running on your server – what version are you running?

          • Adam K

            Yeah, that’s it – it’s on a client’s site that’s running php 4 at the moment. I just tested in one of mine w/ php 5, and it works like a charm.

            Thanks for figuring that one out – I was banging my head for too long. ;-)

          • Tom

            Totally ;). Glad you got it setup.

  6. Steve

    Is there a way to add a myspace icon? I am assuming I would have to edit code to add it, can you give me a quick “how-to”/where i need to change the code to add myspace?
    (I know myspace is soo 2008 but im dealing with a record label page and myspace is still used for the musicians on our label)


    • Tom

      Heya Steve – sure thing. It’d be easier to cover this via email. Shoot me one at tom [at] tommcfarlin [dot] com.

  7. Audra

    Any idea why 1.) the border around the Tipsy widget block on my client’s blog appears to be doubling up on thickness, and 2.) a small light colored square with lines inside is appearing to the top left of the tipsy block?

    • Tom

      Not sure, Audra. Shoot me a link to the URL and I’ll take a look!

  8. Frank Buchmann

    Thank you for the “Tipsy Social Icons” Plug-In! It works great, is very easy going and the icons are well designed. I miss just an easy way to change the order of appearance of the icons.

    • Tom McFarlin

      Noted! I’ll consider that for a future version :).

  9. Shari

    LOVE the Tipsy Social Icons widget. I was able to easily install it and add my links. It even worked within a purchased theme I am using. SO BEAUTIFUL!
    Thanks a million!

    • Tom

      Thanks a lot, Shari – love hearing that you guys dig the plugin :)

  10. Jeff Goins

    My icons are showing up in Safari, but not in Firefox.

    • Tom

      Hey Jeff,

      What version of Firefox? I’ve got FF4 here on Win7 and I can’t reproduce the bug.

      Let me know!

  11. Brett Colby

    I love this plugin – been using it for a few months at the top of my sidebar – fits beautifully and is so simple to use.
    2 questions –

    1. I just installed the update and it disappeared from my plugin and widget lists. Any idea on where it went? I can’t find it, although when I go to reinstall it, I get a message saying that its already installed. Not sure what to do!

    2. Do you have plans to add a FourSquare Icon?

    Thanks again for this great widget!

    • Tom


      Try deleting the plugin via FTP then reinstalling. First reported incident of this so I definitely wanna follow up if you can’t get it to work :)>

      Didn’t have a plan to add a FourSquare icon, but I’ll add it to the hopper and plan to integrate it next time I update the plugin.

      • Brett Colby

        WOW thank you for the very fast reply. I deleted the files through FTP and then reinstalled, but this time got an error saying that it could not be installed because of a “missing header”. I’m going to do some more testing on my end to see if its my problem, but I’ve never seen that kind of message before. But if you have any thoughts on that message, let me know!

        • Tom

          Make sure you’re running the latest version of WordPress – that’s what I tested it against. Otherwise, track and it down and lemme know!

          • Tex


            Got back to my desk and found the same problem with the header. I’m using 3.2.1 so I tried a manual install, but got the same results. Though the install was fine it was trying to activate it that I got the invalid header screen.

            To me (bit of a noob on plugins) it looks fine. Wish I could be more helpful as I just spent lunch showing a client how easy this was to use.

            • Tom

              Can you paste the exact error here (or in an email to me? tom [at] tommcfarlin [dot] com). Wanna be able to take care of this :).

  12. Tex

    “The plugin does not have a valid header.”

    • Tom

      Thanks – I’ve updated the plugin and it should be available in the WordPress repository in about 20 – 30 minutes. Appreciate you guys’ help!

      • Tex

        Awesome sauce!
        Works like a charm! Thanks for the speedy fix.

      • Brett Colby

        Works for me too, and even though I did a complete reinstall, it remembered my previous settings!

        Great work – thanks Tom!

  13. Adriano

    Hey! First of all, very nice work!!!! only one question, can i change the position of the tooltip? appers down the icon and I want that appears up of them. Thanks! and sorry for my english!!

    • Tom

      Hey Adriano,

      Currently, this can’t be done within the plugin but I have it noted for a future release.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  14. Reality Dodge

    Nice plugin… but where do we edit the actual tooltip?

    • Tom

      The tooltip is generated automatically – you can’t edit it yet. I’m working on an update to this plugin that offers a lot more functionality. I’m hoping to release it in August.

  15. Jay

    Great plugin! Any chance tumblr will be added soon?

    • Tom

      Absolutely – I’m getting ready to release an update within the next couple of weeks and I’ll make sure to have this included.

  16. Dustin W. Stout

    this is an awesome plugin! my only problem is the Google+ icon. I’m OCD about accuracy, so much that I went ahead and created my own to replicate the actual Google+ icon.

    • Tom

      Thanks dude – yeah I plan to update that and introduce a few new options in a bit, but I normally batch work so it’ll be included in the next release.

      The premium version of the plugin has a more updated version of the icon, too.

  17. Stef

    Hi Everyone,

    If anyone needs help adding more lines or customized links and logos let me know. I’ve done it several times. If Tom doesn’t have time to help I’m more than willing to help you out.

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